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Sheriff Asks BCA to Investigate Cook Co. Attorney

Posted at: 12/12/2012 10:29 AM
Updated at: 12/12/2012 10:34 AM

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) - The sheriff in Cook County has asked the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate the county's top prosecutor who's accused of pursuing an improper relationship with a teenage girl.

Sheriff Mark Falk says it would be a conflict of interest for his department to investigate Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell. The prosecutor has been ordered by a judge to stay away from the 17-year-old girl and her parents. A judge found there are grounds to believe Scannell had harassed the girl by calling, following, pursuing or stalking her.
 
The Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/Xb04ZF ) reports a petition for the restraining order says the 46-year-old Scannell was a family friend and coached and mentored the girl.
 
Scannell gained notoriety last year after he was wounded in a courthouse shooting in Grand Marais by a man he had successfully prosecuted.
 
Scannell hasn't returned calls or messages from The Associated Press. In a statement Tuesday through his attorney, Scannell apologized for what he called a "personal situation" but said again he wouldn't quit.
 
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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com
 
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12/12/2012 7:26:24 AM (GMT -6:00)